En­dorsed by re­view

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Staff at Bal­moral Kinder­garten are de­lighted with their lat­est sur­vey from the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice.

In the re­port the re­view of­fice said the kinder­garten teach­ers ‘‘en­gage chil­dren in pur­pose­ful learn­ing through play and de­velop re­spect­ful and em­pow­er­ing re­la­tion­ships with them.’’

Head teacher Helen Fisher and her staff re­ceived high com­men­da­tions.

‘‘The head teacher suc­cess­fully de­vel­ops a team ap­proach and a shared com­mit­ment to a phi­los­o­phy of part­ner­ships for learn­ing in­volv­ing teach­ers, chil­dren and their par­ents/whanau,’’ the re­port said.

Mrs Fisher said the kinder­garten re­ceived an ‘‘ex­cel­lent’’ ERO re­port three years ago and was pleased to see the high qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion has been recog­nised once again.

‘‘I was ab­so­lutely wrapt and so were the staff. As a team we work very hard to main­tain the high stan­dards, qual­ity and per­for­mance for our chil­dren.’’

The re­port high­lights a num­ber of fac­tors that cre­ate an at­mos­phere of learn­ing.

‘‘Chil­dren make choices about their ac­tiv­i­ties in a safe and age-ap­pro­pri­ate learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, where teach­ers act as fa­cil­i­ta­tors and sup­port chil­dren to de­velop their en­thu­si­asm for learn­ing,’’ she said.

Mrs Fisher says the key to learn­ing is al­low­ing the child to orig­i­nate play.

‘‘ We have child-ini­ti­ated re­source-based pro­grammes where we al­low the child to choose what they want to do and learn while we step back and fa­cil­i­tate. We hand the power of learn­ing back to the child.’’ she said.

The kinder­garten has cel­e­brated the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice’s re­port by treat­ing the chil­dren to a clown show in the kinder­garten.

Mrs Fisher is adamant Toko­roa has some of the best kin­der­gartens in New Zealand.

‘‘Even though we have a low-so­cio eco­nomic cli­mate in Toko­roa it doesn’t mean we can’t pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in our kin­der­gartens and these re­ports con­firm this.’’

Clyde Street, Parounui and David Henry kin­der­gartens have also re­ceived pos­i­tive ERO re­ports this year.

TOP TEACH­ERS: Bal­moral Kinder­garten staff (from left) Margie Hobb, Helen Fisher, An­gela Rouse and Melissa Steven­son.

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